most lgbt movies you see recommended are rated r, sexually explicit, etc etc. while that’s honestly great to see and something i’m personally okay with, it leaves kids and people who DON’T want to see sex alienated.
*Please note that I have not seen all or most of these movies. I will be updating this list as I find more/watch unrated ones that can be placed here. Let me know if I missed any!
Last Updated: 5/4/17
thus, here’s a list of lgbt movies that aren’t rated r:
The Pearl of Africa, TV-14: “In this intimate documentary, Ugandan transgender woman Cleopatra Kambugu struggles and prevails as she lives in an actively transphobic environment.”
Jenny’s Wedding, PG-13: “When Jenny plans to marry her girlfriend, she decides it’s time that her family, who doesn’t know she’s a lesbian, finally learns the truth.”
The Out List, TV-PG: “Activists, entertainers, athletes and politicians are among those profiled in this thought-provoking portrait of notable LGBT personalities.”
Growing Up Coy, TV-PG: “Filmmakers follow a Colorado family’s highly public battle for the rights of their transgender daughter, Coy, in a landmark civil rights case.”
My Transgender Kid, TV-14: “Two British families discuss the challenges they face raising children who identify as a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth.”
Gayby Baby, PG: “This documentary follows four youngsters as they navigate the challenges of their preteen years, including society’s bias against their gay parents.”
Margarita with a Straw, TV-14: “An Indian woman with cerebral palsy decides to study in New York, where she becomes involved in a life-changing affair with a blind female activist.”
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, TV-14: “A gay London man faces a positive HIV diagnosis and a decision on whether to stay with loving friends or return to his estranged parents in Israel.”
Game Face, TV-14: “This documentary follows the struggle of transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox and gay basketball player Terrence Clemens for acceptance by their sports.”
Kumu Hina, TV-14: “This year captures a year in the life of native Hawaiian transgender teacher Hina Wong-Kalu, who embodies mahu, a sacred spirit both male and female.”
Big Eden, PG-13: “Henry Hart returns to Big Eden and winds up confronting his unrequited passion for his high school best friend and his feelings about being gay.”
Rent, PG-13: “This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.”
D.E.B.S., PG-13: “Plaid-skirted schoolgirls are groomed by a secret government agency to become the newest members of the elite national-defense group, D.E.B.S.”
I Am Not Your Negro, PG-13: “The late black and gay writer James Baldwin is given new voice in I Am Not Your Negro. Director Raoul Peck offers viewers the opportunity to spend 90 minutes with Baldwin’s words — his interviews, manuscripts, and influences — which offer his honest and illuminating insights on race in America.”
I Can’t Think Straight, PG-13: “A 2008 romance film adapted from a same name novel about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of events causes her to have an affair and subsequently fall in love with another woman, Leyla, a British Indian.”
The World Unseen, PG-13: “A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa’s apartheid era.”
Caramel, PG: “A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.”
You Are Not Alone, UR: “Two precocious boys explore their sexuality at boarding school.”
Bend it like Beckham, PG-13: “The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditionalism and joins a football team.”
Camp, PG-13: “After a series of Broadway flops, songwriter Bert Hanley (Dixon) goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. Inspired by the kids, he finds an opportunity to regain success by staging an altogether new production.”
Chutney Popcorn, PG-13: “Reena is a young Indian American lesbian who lives and works in New York. Her sister Sarita, who is happily married, discovers that she is infertile. Reena offers to be a surrogate mother for her sister’s baby, hoping to improve her relationship with their mother, who disapproves of Reena’s sexual orientation. Reena has second thoughts when her girlfriend Lisa feels left out.”
The Family Stone, PG-13: “An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and finds that she’s a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.”
Saved!, PG-13: “When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.”
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, PG-13: “Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.”
Victor Victoria, PG: “A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.”
Far From Heaven, PG-13: “In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.”
Philadelphia, PG-13: “When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.”
Beautiful Daughters, TV-14: “In February, 2004, with the help of Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda, a group of transgender women put on the first all-transgender production of “The Vagina Monologues”, including a new monologue written by Ensler from their own experiences.”
Zorro: The Gay Blade, PG: “In 1840’s Mexico, wealthy landowner Don Diego Vega learns of his late father’s secret as Zorro, the masked folk hero, and Vega adopts his new persona. But when Vega is incapacitated by an injury, he asks Ramon, his very gay, long-lost twin brother (now calling himself ‘Bunny’), to replace him as the caped hero, who makes some drastic changes to his Zorro persona.”
We Think the World of You, PG: “An aimless young man, Johnny, is sent prison. He entrusts his beloved dog, Evie, to the care of his former lover and best friend, Frank. When he gets out of prison, he has to face difficulties at home. Added to this, is the fact that he may have to give up Evie to Frank.”
EDIT: Nina’s Heavenly Delights, PG-13: “A feisty young woman returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father’s curry house.”
EDIT: The Color Purple, PG-13: “A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.”
I’ve seen a lot of people lately implying or outright stating that our activism should focus only on ourselves, and that any issue that also impacts straight people isn’t our business. I disagree. There are a number of issues that aren’t directly related to our identities but nevertheless have an outsize impact on our community.
Strict gender roles. Youth homelessness. AIDS. Stigma against non-standard relationship structures. Incomplete sex education. Social pressure to enter into an m/f marriage. Invalidation of bodily autonomy for minors and the disabled.
Sometimes straight people do work on these issues, but their results are often only useful for the privileged. Expensive HIV medication doesn’t do much for trans women in poverty, and homeless shelters run by straight people are often unsafe for our youth.
I believe that focusing on community-specific efforts to the point where broader problems go unaddressed is counterproductive, and we should instead be looking for common ground with other groups in order to create solutions that work for everyone.
There have always been the telltale signs of elimination. A sudden sob story. Or any story. Way less camera time in the lip synch. A sudden snap into panic and self doubt
Charlie’s talking about the impact AIDS had on her life this week literally came from nowhere. A producer asked a question to prompt such a response from a queen in her 50s and the editors dropped he ball in making it come across as happening naturally.
The winning team getting no screen time beyond filming their part of the challenge? Not even to get feedback? Not even the winners getting any feedback at all?
Can they grab the UNHhhh editors and have them take a pass at the rest of the episodes of the season before they air please?
One of the major themes of Yuri on Ice as a show is the great potential that lies in figure skating as a means of self expression. Yuri’s Welcome to the Madness program is a wonderful example of the theme, serving as a furious and brash contrast to Yuuri and Victor’s more sedate and gracious Stammi Vicino that shows the truly large range of expression possible through figure skating.
However, I watched the whole thing with my jaw open because on a meta-textual level Welcome to the Madness is also a hilarious lampoon of the hyper-masculinity movement within figure skating of the late 80s and 90s.
Context: For reasons too complicated to get into: post-World War II, figure skating would be largely perceived as a feminine sport, women athletes were and still are more widely celebrated than their male counterparts in terms of recognition. In the past half a century figure skating has tried a number of time to “re-brand” itself in order that male figure skaters would not be emasculated for participating in the sport.
All this to say, that in the late 80s and 90s, male figure skating would make a particularly memorable push to disassociate itself with its feminine reputation, a strategy of emphasizing the masculinity and ‘macho-ness’ of individual skaters almost cartoonishly in commentary and promotional material. The most prominent examples would probably be Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko.
Kurt Browning is four time World Champion and first skater ever to complete a quadruple jump in competition. He also came from rural Canada and was the son of a cowboy, a fact that has little to do with skating yet is impossible to escape from if you research him at all because it gets mentioned constantly. You can tell he’s a masculine heart throb because even his wikipedia picture has him wearing tight leather pants and looking slightly uncomfortable about it.
Elvis Stojko is a three time World Champion and two time silver Olympic medalist he is also the first skater to land a quad jump combination. He’s also a total dork who skated to the soundtrack of Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story during the Olympics because he’s a martial artist too! (it’s delightful, the commentators salivating how ‘epic’ the soundtrack to a Bruce Lee biopic is also wonderful)
It’s really apparent when listening to commentators or reading the promotional material surrounding these skaters that their identities as ATHLETES and STRAIGHT were basically shoved into your face as much as possible.
So, the distinction between ‘effeminate’ or ‘masculine’ skating had little to do with the skating itself and everything to do with arbitrary codifiers like an interest in more stereotypically masculine recreation activities or music choices leading to a radically different perception and marketing of the athletes within the media. Just listen to the commentators, like this skate where the commentator felt the need to start mooning about how Elvis is “so tough, physically and mentally.”
It’s worth remembering that the AIDs epidemic was going on at the same time and that the figure skating community’s reaction to the tragedy was mixed and complicated, especially when some were pushing for recognition for the fact that this disease was hitting the figure skater world particularly hard and others were doing everything they were to deny the idea that figure skating community was suffering from the impact of AIDs more than other sports.
I bring this all up in relation to Yuri and Welcome to the Madness because rock music and wearing tight leather pants was basically the epitome of what was pushed as the masculine ideal during the 90s in male figure skating.
(This is Elvis Stojko from an ice show recently because I couldn’t find any earlier pictures of him being a leather wearing bad boy, but it was a thing)
So here we have Yuri wearing everything that superficially would mark him as one of those skaters, and then he lowers his sunglasses and is actually wearing eye makeup and proceeds to tear the entire dichotomy down.
This is actually kind of a culmination of Yuri’s journey as an artist, since here he’s performing what on the surface is the anti-thesis of what traditional artistic skating is, there’s no ballerina here! He’s wearing LEATHER PANTS and SUNGLASSES and skating to ROCK MUSIC, yet as he skates he uses movements that are sexy in ways that alternate between traditionally masculine and feminine ideas of sexiness.
For example Stojko in his Van Halen routine also includes a dramatic slide at the end, but Yuri’s slide is pure JohnnyWeir, whose own career suffered because his skating didn’t fit the mold of how a male figure skater should present and move their body.
I know that someone on the Yuri on Ice staff mentioned that they were inspired to have Yuri put together his own gala in a night because they heard of Misha Ge doing so, but many of the skates seem so carefully designed to transgress what it traditionally thought of as acceptable for male skaters in search of more fuller self expression through their sport and art that Yuri adhering to all the superficial codifiers of the 90s NO HOMO male figure skating while simultaneously getting his glove removed by the teeth of his male best friend strikes me as not entirely coincidental.
the idea that progressive advancements in the public conscience are just going to Happen because of the Glorious Liberal Advanced West is just so empathetic and good is such idealist bullshit. like you know why 99% of these sub-saharan African countries are so harsh on LGBT people? let me tell you, it’s not because they’re Savages who need Western Enlightenment. quite the opposite in fact. it’s because the western church-state complex that continues to strangle much of Africa over a century later forced western ideas of morality on the places it colonized. the catholic church and various other christian churches continue to materially support the slaughter of non-cishet people in the African continent.
the Institute for the Science of Sexuality in Berlin was a center for the advancement of LGBT rights in the German Republic for 14 years until the Nazis destroyed it and burned its archives. LGBT people were mobilizing en masse in the 60′s and 70′s and began to make an impact on society, only for the community to be shattered by the AIDS crisis. the governments of the west, especially the reagan administration in the united states, did nothing as drug SGA men and trans women, especially ones who were PoC, were dying fast and horribly. all the while, LGBT people were being treated like pariahs because of the lack of a formal information campaign on how HIV/AIDS works.
this rant has been kind of bitter and rambling and incoherent, but just remember, especially considering the rising neofascist movements around the world, that history doesn’t move in a straight line. progress is not waited for. it is fought for.
Bobbi Campbell, left, originally from Seattle, became the first person living with AIDS to come out publicly after he became the 16th person to be diagnosed in San Francisco with the still unnamed disease. He co-authored a safer-sex manual called “Play Fair,” and died in 1984.
If possible, can you please give your overall opinion on Diana? Why do you believe she is treated in such a saintly manner while Charles is always vilified? I see it as both people made mistakes, and I'm sure they would do things differently if they could do it again.
Keeping my fingers crossed I don’t get hate for this!
So the good. She changed the way royals behaved for the better. They became more open, more warm, more connected to people. William and Harry wouldn’t be so good at reaching out to people if Diana hadn’t been the person she was. She knew how to make people feel incredibly comfortable in her presence. And in terms of HIV/AIDS she had an immense impact. The simple act of shaking hands with an HIV positive person changed views up and down the nation and that can’t be understated. But I think her impact in other areas has been really overstated. She was a heavily flawed woman. She was troubled. She manipulated people around her for her own gain, she made William her confidant in a way a child should never be, she destroyed people’s lives without any care for them, and she acted like a child when she was a grown woman. And when she did all of those things, she blamed other people for it. She courted press attention and then blamed the press for being interested in her. She made a lot of mistakes. Right before she died she wasn’t particularly popular and people were realising her mistakes. If she hadn’t died when she did, she wouldn’t be near as popular as she is today.
The sainthood of Diana is sad and weird and unnecessary. She did a lot of good but she was a person and she was incredibly reckless with other people’s feelings. When I see her fanatics I can’t understand it. I think we need to look at the reality of what she did. But she changed the royal family and her legacy will last for a while.
i’ll never get over the fact that 3 schools and 5 churches, spread between 2 different states, taught my younger self that if i did ANY drugs or had ANY sex then i would absolutely definitely die from AIDS, and yet never mentioned gay people, even in passing.
I graduated high school fully under the impression that gay people didn’t exist outside of porn, where women pretended to like having sex with each other because men thought it was hot, and men pretended to like having sex with each other because women thought it was hot. I thought calling someone gay meant that they were constantly thinking about being in a porno with everyone around them and that was what made it insulting.
I don’t always notice the impact that the AIDS epidemic has had on my world, but it’s always there. There are shockingly few people for me to look to as role models, and the vast majority of the few who survived to now are cis women. I’ve been out for five years now, three of them spent living in Philadelphia, the unofficial trans capital of the east coast, and i’ve met fewer than a dozen queer men in person in that time who are over the age of 30. I’ve met half that many trans women. My own people are so rare that when i meet them, my thought processes revert to homophobic confusion because it hasn’t happened enough times for me to retrain my brain.
I recently saw someone who was born in the early 80s say that they never knew a world before the AIDS crisis. I have never known a world before the AIDS crisis had run its course. As I came into my queerness and began searching for community, I found a world where everyone was starting from scratch and the institutions that had been built for me could barely be called such because they were still helmed by the founders. I found a world where, even if mental illness hadn’t convinced me I will never live to see 30, the fact that i have met exactly two (2) trans women between the ages of 29 and 65 definitely would have.
I have never known a world where anyone who came before me lived to tell about it, and I look around me and i realize that to today’s queer teenagers, the AIDS crisis is as far into antiquity as the Vietnam War was to me. It doesn’t affect them in any way they’re able to perceive. And I’m happy for them. Really, truly, I am. But those of us in our mid-20s got the shaft. We’ve had to build and build and build, only to age out of everything we’ve built. There’s value in leaving a legacy. I just wish there had been one left for us.
March 5, 2013: Death of Comrade Hugo Chavez, leader of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution.
“Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías breathed his last breath one year ago today. He was only 59. The untimely death of this brilliant human being was a sad loss for humanity, and leaves a gap which is very difficult to fill. One has to guard against hero worship and the Hollywood-style individualised version of history, but there’s no denying that certain people - through their strength of purpose, their understanding, their determination, their heroism, their leadership skills, their creative brilliance, their charisma, their devotion to the people - play an outstanding role.
"Hugo Chávez was such a person. He worked ceaselessly in pursuit of his vision: for a socialist Venezuela; for a united and sovereign Latin America; and for a fair, multipolar world order free from imperialist domination. His vision was infectious, and served to inspire people around the world. He breathed life into a global revolutionary process that had been little in evidence since the upswing of the 1970s (Mozambique, Angola, Chile (1970-73), Guinea Bissau, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe). In the intervening period we saw the decline and fall of the ‘Eastern Bloc’, the rise of neoliberal economics, the spread of 'structural adjustment’, the genocidal impact of HIV/AIDS, and a deep disillusionment among much of the left. The Bolivarian Revolution brought new hope. Who wouldn’t be inspired by the successes of a socialist-oriented programme that prioritised the needs of millions of ordinary people: the slum-dwellers, the workers, the peasants, the unemployed, the indigenous, the African, the disenfranchised - the type of people that politicians rarely thought about in this Washington-led 'new world order’.
"Furthermore, Chávez understood that countries do not exist in isolation and that the Bolivarian Revolution couldn’t survive alone in the face of the enemy to the north. Venezuela’s example and support has been decisive for the progressive governments in Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Argentina. Chávez pursued the deepest of ties with socialist Cuba. He was a friend to the entire socialist and non-aligned world, from China to Zimbabwe, from South Africa to Belurus, from Iran to Brazil, from Syria to Vietnam. When it was deeply unfashionable to do so, he defended Libya and Syria from Nato-led regime change campaigns. In a world of cowardice and fickleness, he stood up and said: "I am not a coward, I am not fickle.”
“His work and his example will stay with us forever. Work like Chávez!”
When was the last time your lip balm helped save lives?
We’ve always known there’s power in feeling beautiful, and now Fresh is taking that force to the next level. At the dawn of its 25th anniversary, Fresh is the first beauty brand to partner with (RED), one of the world’s leading charities that provides medical relief to those affected with AIDS in Africa.
To really make an impact, the nurturing skincare brand we love is releasing a new limited-edition version of its bestselling Sugar Lip Treatment. For this collaboration, it’s been aptly renamed SUGA(RED) and wrapped in a standout crimson tube. When you purchase the balm, not only are you making a bold statement to the world, but you’re also contributing 25% of your purchase toward two weeks’ worth of life-saving medication to those diagnosed with the disease. And here’s hoping that one day we can kiss the disease goodbye for good.
Shoutout to @sgaprivilege for their outstanding contribution to anti-‘terf’ virtue signalling. Deleting a post about the AIDS crisis - one that you clearly agreed with, given that you reblogged it in the first place - because an anon told you that I was a ‘terf’ (and thereby not allowed to talk about anything, ever)? That demonstrates a real commitment to the cause. Well done you. I mean, guarding your ideological purity against gender critical lesbians is way more important than a post about the lasting impact that AIDS had on an entire generation, right?
Listen, it’s your blog, you delete what you want. But if your followers are more concerned about upholding an echo-chamber than viewing a post about the AIDS crisis, then maybe you need to be honest with yourself about what your priorities are.
The same goes to anyone out there who looks at a post about the bloody AIDS crisis and thinks ‘well this is good, but it was written by a feminist with unrelated opinions that we don’t agree with, so we’re going to take it down’. Fuck you.
if you think lgbt people only ever talk about aids as some kind of gotcha against asexuals, you literally… you have no idea how much ignorance you’re displaying just by saying that. you can’t possibly have a halfway solid understanding of the impact of aids without having listened to lgbt people about it. i’m just. i’m spitting. i hate this website.
LOS ANGELES — Samuel Goldwyn Jr., an urbane, soft-spoken scion of a Hollywood dynasty who became an influential movie executive in his own right, supporting promising young directors and advancing the independent film movement, died here on Friday. He was 88.
His death, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, was caused by congestive heart failure, his son John said.
A ravenous book reader, possessing intellectual curiosity in a business not known for it, Mr. Goldwyn was an early champion of stylized, cerebral films that most major studios thought would never sell a ticket. His indie operation, the Samuel Goldwyn Company, founded in 1979, helped create a business model — low production costs, guerrilla marketing — that allowed art-house movies to grow into a powerful cultural and economic force.
“Most people don’t quite realize what an independent film pioneer he was,” said Thomas E. Rothman, chairman of TriStar. Mr. Rothman, whose formative Hollywood years were spent at the Samuel Goldwyn Company, went on to found Fox Searchlight, which remains a specialty film superpower.
“Sam was the inspiration for Fox Searchlight,” Mr. Rothman said.
Mr. Goldwyn was credited with giving Julia Roberts her big break in “Mystic Pizza” in 1988. But he was also known for backing budding directors on their early films, including Ang Lee (“The Wedding Banquet”), Anthony Minghella (“Truly Madly Deeply”) and Kenneth Branagh (“Henry V”).
In one of his audacious moves, in 1989, Mr. Goldwyn backed “Longtime Companion,” a feature film about the impact of the AIDS crisis on the lives of gay men. Some theater owners refused to book it, but Mr. Goldwyn pressed on, releasing a trailer that mentioned AIDS in its first 10 seconds.
As Hollywood dynasties go, the Goldwyns are among the few to have made a mark for successive generations. Samuel Goldwyn was the G in MGM. Sammy, as his son was known in his younger days, followed. Among the third generation’s accomplishments, John Goldwyn was vice chairman of Paramount Pictures, and another son, the actor Tony Goldwyn, is a star of the ABC series “Scandal.”
Famous names, especially in Hollywood, are often too heavy for future generations to bear, noted A. Scott Berg, the Pulitzer-winning author whose “Goldwyn: A Biography” was published in 1989. But Mr. Goldwyn found the strength, he said.
“Sam was raised by a volatile, at times emotionally abusive father and a loveless mother and yet managed to emerge as a genuinely affectionate man of equanimity,” Mr. Berg said in an interview on Friday.
Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, 1926, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. had a privileged upbringing. As a newspaper delivery boy, he initially tossed the papers, rolled up, from the window of his father’s limousine, Mr. Berg said.
But he was not spoiled — when Charlie Chaplin and other stars came for dinner, Sammy ate in the kitchen with the cook — and his parents steered him away from Hollywood. He went to prep school in Colorado and attended the University of Virginia. After serving in the Army, he worked as a theatrical producer in London and for Edward R. Murrow at CBS in New York.
He moved to Hollywood in the 1950s. Over the next two decades, he delivered films like “The Proud Rebel” and “Cotton Comes to Harlem” before founding the Samuel Goldwyn Company to acquire and distribute art films.
For a time he owned Landmark, a chain of art theaters. As a producer, he was nominated for a best picture Oscar in 2004 for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”
Mr. Goldwyn was a major supporter of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which provides health services and other support to entertainment industry workers. His contributions, through a family foundation, built a children’s day care center and a behavioral health center.
Mr. Goldwyn’s two marriages ended in divorce. He lived in the Hollywood Hills, in the house his parents had owned.
Besides his sons John and Tony, he is survived by two other sons, Francis and Peter; two daughters, Catherine Goldwyn and Elizabeth Goldwyn; and 10 grandchildren.
His final producing credit came in December 2013 with the release of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring and directed by Ben Stiller, a remake of one of his father’s biggest hits.
“Producers — real producers — never retire, and he was discussing casting for his next picture with us over dinner very recently,” Mr. Berg said. “He wasn’t happy to be in a wheelchair, to have his mobility limited. But he wasn’t going to let that stop him.”